Columbia Bank, through their Columbia Bank Foundation, recently presented a $30,000 grant to the Center of United Methodist Aid in the Community (CUMAC) food bank. The grant will fund two much-needed upgrades to the organization’s Paterson Warehouse.
The first project will resurface 3,200 square feet of concreate flooring in the main workspace used to sort, process, and distribute over 1.2 million pounds of food. The improvement will lessen the risk of damage to CUMAC’s equipment such as forklifts and carts, increase safety with added friction and non-slip properties, and add resistance to water, dust, and other contaminants.
The second enhancement will fix the organization’s freight elevator and provide an additional 6,500 square feet of storage space for non-perishable items in the warehouse basement. Utilizing the extra space will help to meet increasing demands and allow more room for volunteers, but the elevator will aid in the daily transportation of thousands of pounds of food between the basement and main floor.
“We are happy to support CUMAC in their mission to fight hunger,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “We hope that these improvements will increase efficiency, and in turn, help feed more of those in need.”
Pictured in a special check presentation are Rose Bates, Director of Community Engagement (left), Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Mark Dinglasan, Executive Director of CUMAC, Stephanie Ames, Director of Development, and Laura Purdy, Director of Operations.
As one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey, the Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in seven major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, community sponsored events, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.
For more information regarding the Columbia Bank Foundation, please visit ColumbiaBankOnline.com.